Final performances: The Great Gatsby

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 5, 2011 10:52 AM |

Two years after its debut, the Washington Ballet revives The Great Gatsby, set in the roaring '20s and based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, choreographed by its own artistic director Septime Webre. Webre told Metro Weekly in last week's cover story that the second-go-round "everything is much more refined and clear. What I was seeking was to embody the chaos of the period, but also to have the clarity of Fitzgerald's language. I made some adjustments." The ballet embodies the jazz-age splendor of the era along with tap dancer Quynn Johnson and the music band Billy Novick's Blue Syncopators. And last but not least, great local actors Will Gartshore and E. Faye Butler return to act and sing. Butler offers "really one of the most astonishing performances I've seen in years," says Webre. Final performances Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $20 to $125. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

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